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China: US and North Korea 'need to stop provoking one another'

There would be "no winners" if war between the US and North Korea broke out, China has warned, amid growing tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapon and missile programmes.

Speaking at a press conference, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged support for dialogue between the two nations, urging them to "stop provoking and threatening" one another.

Once a war really happens, the result will be nothing but multiple loss. No one can become a winner.

Therefore, we call upon all the parties, no matter verbally or in action, to stop provoking and threatening each other and not to allow the situation to become irretrievable and out of control.

As long as dialogue takes place, it can be official or unofficial, through one channel or dual channels, bilateral or multilateral. China is willing to give support to all of them.

– Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of China

The minister's comments mark the latest attempt by China to cool tensions between the US and North Korea, for whom they are a crucial ally and a key supplier of food and fuel aid.

Leaders have grown increasingly frustrated with Kim Jong Un's regime for refusing to heed warnings over weapons testing.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned there would be 'no winners' in a war between the US and North Korea Credit: AP

In February, they cut off imports of North Korean coal - with a major source of income for the country.

And starting Monday, Air China will suspend flights from Beijing to Pyongyang, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

No reason was given for the suspension.

It comes after North Korean Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told the Associated Press the country was prepared to used its "powerful nuclear deterrent" if provoked by America.